| | How can I beat a masturbation addiction
I have a big problem and it is consuming my life. The problem is that I am addicted to masturbating. I masturbate between 2-5 times per day. It's usually once in the morning, once or twice around lunch, once when I get home in the evening, and once before bed. I have had this habit for around 13 to 14 years. I am married but my wife has no idea about this habit. I never told her because it is embarrassing and we have been for almost a decade. I don't know how I can tell her this now. It is to the point that I am addicted and I use it for so many issues in my life such as:
a pain reliever
a stress reliever
a sleep aide
a fever reducer
and even as a depression reliever
I really want to beat this habit so I want help to get over it. I really don't want to seek professional counseling in our city because my wife may find out about it. By the way, she is pregnant now so sex is not as frequent as before. I tried to stop doing it at the beginning of this year and I went about 8 days without doing it. It got to the point where I couldn't control myself anymore and the first day that I did it this year, I did it for 8 times in 1 day! Please give me some advice or tell me some techniques to get over this. It makes me feel very guilty but I'm so addicted to it, it's a normal part of my life just how some people are addicted to smoking or drinking. I have tried to say busy or not think about it but no matter what, the urge comes back. There have even been times where me and my wife went to dinner or a friends house and once the urge struck me, I went to the restroom to do it right then and there. There is no AAA for chronic masturbaters but I know that someone out there has dealt with this so please please please help me.